Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Fantasy adventure sequel directed by David Yates, with a screenplay by Rowling. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald follows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), who was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Our Favorite Quotes:'You do not seek power, or popularity. You simply ask, 'Is the thing right in itself?' If it is, you do it, no matter the cost.' - Albus Dumbledore (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) Click To Tweet 'Oh, Newt. You never met a monster you couldn't love.' - Leta Lestrange (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) Click To Tweet
Spielman: [referring to Grindelwald] You’ll be glad to be rid of him, I expect.
Seraphina Picquery: We’d be more than happy to keep him here in custody.
Spielman: Six months are enough. It’s time for him to answer for his crimes in Europe.
Abernathy: President Picquery. Mr. Spielman, sir. Prisoner is secured and ready to travel.
Spielman: [they peer into Grindelwald cell] You’ve thrown everything at him, I see.
Seraphina Picquery: It was necessary. He’s extremely powerful. We’ve had to change his guard three times. He’s very persuasive. So we removed his tongue.
Leta Lestrange: Why do strange creatures love you so much?
Newt Scamander: Well, there are no strange creatures. Only blinkered…
Leta Lestrange: Only blinkered people. How long did you get in detention for saying that to Prendergast?
Newt Scamander: I think it was a month that time.
Leta Lestrange: And I set off a Dungbomb under his desk so I could join you. Do you remember?
Newt Scamander: No, I actually don’t remember that.
Torquil Travers: Hearing commences. You want an end to the ban on you traveling internationally. Why?
Newt Scamander: Because I’d like to travel internationally.
Spielman: Subject uncooperative and evasive on reasons for last international trip.
Newt Scamander: It was a field trip, sir. I was just collecting material for my book on magical beasts.
Torquil Travers: You destroyed half of New York.
Newt Scamander: No, that’s actually factually incorrect on two counts.
Theseus Scamander: Newt.
Arnold Guzman: Mr. Scamander, it’s clear you’re frustrated, and, frankly, so are we. In the spirit of compromise, we’d like to make a proposition.
Newt Scamander: What kind of proposition?
Torquil Travers: The committee will agree to lift your travel ban under one condition. You join the Ministry.
Spielman: Specifically, your brother’s department.
Newt Scamander: No. I think that Theseus is the Auror. I think my talents lie elsewhere.
Arnold Guzman: Mr. Scamander, the wizarding and non-wizarding worlds have been at peace for over a century. Grindelwald wants to see that peace destroyed, and for certain members of our community, his message is very seductive. Many pure-bloods believe it is their birthright to rule. Not only our world, but the non-magic world as well. They see Grindelwald as their hero, and Grindelwald sees this boy as a means to make this all come true.
Newt Scamander: I’m sorry, you’re talking about Credence as if he were still here.
Theseus Scamander: He survived, Newt. He’s still alive. He left New York months ago. He’s somewhere in Europe. Where exactly, we don’t know, but…
Newt Scamander: You want me to hunt Credence down? To kill him?
Theseus Scamander: Newt! You think I like the idea of Grimmson any more than you do?
Newt Scamander: Listen, I don’t want to hear how the ends justify the means, Theseus.
Theseus Scamander: I think you’re going to have to pull your head out the sand!
Newt Scamander: Okay, right, here we go. What a selfish, irresponsible…
Theseus Scamander: You know the time is coming when everyone, everyone is going to have to pick a side. Even you.
Newt Scamander: But I don’t do sides.
Theseus Scamander: Newt. Newt. Come here.
Theseus Scamander: [embraces Newt and whispers in his ear] They’re watching you.
Albus Dumbledore: I’ve always felt an affinity with the great magical birds. There’s a story in my family that a phoenix will come to any Dumbledore in desperate need. They say my great-grandfather had one, and that it took flight when he died, never to return.
Newt Scamander: With all due respect, Professor, I don’t believe for a minute that’s why you told me about the Thunderbird.
Albus Dumbledore: Credence is in Paris, Newt. Trying to trace his real family. I take it you’ve heard the rumors about who he really is.
Newt Scamander: No.
Albus Dumbledore: The pure-bloods think he’s the last of an important French line. A baby whom everyone thought lost.
Newt Scamander: Not Leta’s brother?
Albus Dumbledore: That’s what they’re whispering. And pure-blood or not, I know this. An Obscurus grows in the absence of love as a dark twin, an only friend. If Credence has a real brother or sister out there that can take its place, he might yet be saved. Wherever Credence is in Paris, he’s either in danger, or a danger to others. We may not know who he is yet, but he needs to be found. And I rather hope you might be the one to find him.
Newt Scamander: [he gives Newt a card] What’s that?
Albus Dumbledore: An address of a very old acquaintance of mine. A safe house in Paris reinforced with enchantments.
Newt Scamander: Safe house? Why would I need a safe house in Paris?
Albus Dumbledore: One hopes you won’t, but should things at some point go terribly wrong, it’s good to have a place to go. You know, for a cup of tea.
Newt Scamander: No. No, no, no. Absolutely not. No, no, because I’m banned from international travel, Dumbledore. If I leave the country, they will put me in Azkaban, and they will throw away the key.
Albus Dumbledore: Do you know why I admire you, Newt?
Newt Scamander: What?
Albus Dumbledore: More, perhaps, than any man I know. You do not seek power, or popularity. You simply ask, “Is the thing right in itself?” If it is, you do it, no matter the cost.
Newt Scamander: That’s all very well, Dumbledore, but forgive me for asking. Why can’t you go?
Albus Dumbledore: I cannot move against Grindelwald. It has to be you. Well, I can’t blame you. In your shoes, I’d probably refuse too.
Newt Scamander: [as Dumbledore takes the card from Newt] What?
Albus Dumbledore: It’s late. Good evening, Newt.
Newt Scamander: [as Dumbledore apparates] Wait, no. Oh, come on.
Jacob Kowalski: [after Newt removes Queenie’s enchantment spell on Jacob] It’s very nice to see you. Where the hell am I right now?
Newt Scamander: London.
Jacob Kowalski: Oh! I always wanted to go here!
Jacob Kowalski: Oh, Queenie, honey. Well, I’m curious when you were going to wake me up. After we had five kids?
Queenie Goldstein: Why is it wrong to want to marry you?
Jacob Kowalski: Okay.
Queenie Goldstein: To want to have a family? I just want what everyone else has, that’s all.
Jacob Kowalski: [as Queenie turns to leave] Wait, wait. We’ve talked about this like a million times. If we get married and they find out, they’re going to throw you in jail, sweetheart. I can’t have that. They don’t like people like me marrying people like you. I ain’t a wizard. I’m just me.
Queenie Goldstein: They’re really progressive here, and they’ll let us get married properly.
Jacob Kowalski: Sweetheart, you don’t need to enchant me. I’m already enchanted. I love you so much.
Jacob Kowalski: But I can’t have you risking everything like this, you know? You’re not giving us a choice, sweetheart.
Queenie Goldstein: You’re not giving me a choice. One of us had to be brave, and you were being a coward.
Jacob Kowalski: I was being a coward? If I’m a coward, you’re…
Queenie Goldstein: Crazy.
Jacob Kowalski: I didn’t say it.
Queenie Goldstein: You didn’t have to.
Jacob Kowalski: No, I didn’t mean it, sweetheart.
Queenie Goldstein: Yeah, you did.
Jacob Kowalski: No.
Queenie Goldstein: I’m going to go see my sister.
Jacob Kowalski: Fine. See your sister.
Queenie Goldstein: Fine.
Jacob Kowalski: [as Queen apparates] No, wait! Wait! No! Queenie! I didn’t mean it! I didn’t say nothing.
Grindelwald: Credence Barebone. Nearly destroyed by the woman who raised him. Yet now he seeks the mother who bore him. He’s desperate for family. He’s desperate for love. He is the key to our victory.
Krall: We know where the boy is, don’t we? Why don’t we grab him and leave?
Grindelwald: He must come to me freely, and he will. The path has been laid, and he is following it. The trail that will lead him to me, and the strange and glorious truth of who he is.
Krall: Why is he so important?
Grindelwald: Who represents the greatest threat to our cause?
Krall: Albus Dumbledore.
Grindelwald: If I asked you now to go to the school where he is hiding and kill him for me, would you do it for me, Krall? Credence is the only entity alive who can kill him.
Krall: You really think he can kill the Great… Can kill Albus Dumbledore?
Grindelwald: I know he can. But will you be with us when that happens, Krall? Will you?
Newt Scamander: [referring to Tina] What do you think I should say to her if I see her?
Jacob Kowalski: Oh, well, it’s best not to plan these things. You know, you just say whatever comes to you in the moment.
Newt Scamander: She has eyes just like a salamander.
Jacob Kowalski: Don’t say that. Look, you just tell her that you missed her.
Newt Scamander: Right.
Jacob Kowalski: Right, and then, you came all the way to Paris just to find her. She’ll love that. And then, tell her you’re losing sleep at night for thinking of her, and… Just don’t say nothing about no salamanders, alright?
Newt Scamander: Okay.
Jacob Kowalski: Okay.
Newt Scamander: Now, you don’t suffer from motion sickness, do you?
Jacob Kowalski: I don’t do well on boats, Newt.
Newt Scamander: You’ll be fine.
[they walk up to the Portkey Tout who is going to makes them apparate]
Jacob Kowalski: [as Newt is licking the ground] And we’re licking the dirt now.
Jacob Kowalski: Could we at least stop for coffee, or like a…
Newt Scamander: Not now, Jacob.
Jacob Kowalski: Chocolat chaud, or a… Just for a second? I don’t know.
Newt Scamander: This way. Come on.
Jacob Kowalski: Pain au chocolat? Half a croissant, or like a bonbon?
Newt Scamander: This way.
Grimmson: The Ministry won’t be happy when I tell them I missed. I know my reputation.
Grindelwald: Listen to me. The disapproval of cowards is praise to the brave. Your name will be written in glory when wizards rule the world. And the clock is ticking faster. You watch over Credence. Keep him safe. For the greater good.
Grimmson: For the greater good.
Newt Scamander: So we actually, we were just wondering if you’d come across a friend of ours.
Jacob Kowalski: Tina Goldstein.
Yusuf Kama: Monsieur, Paris is a large city.
Newt Scamander: She’s an Auror. And when Aurors go missing, well the Ministry tend to come looking, so. No, I suppose it would probably be better if we just report her absence.
Yusuf Kama: Is she tall? Dark? Rather…
Jacob Kowalski: Intense.
Newt Scamander: Beautiful. She’s…
Jacob Kowalski: Yeah, what I meant to say was, yeah. No, she’s very, very pretty.
Newt Scamander: She’s intense too.
Yusuf Kama: I think I saw someone like this last night. Perhaps if I showed you where.
Newt Scamander: If you wouldn’t mind. That would be, that would be lovely.
Yusuf Kama: Sure.
Torquil Travers: Newt Scamander is in Paris.
Albus Dumbledore: Really?
Torquil Travers: Cut the pretense. I know he’s there on your orders.
Albus Dumbledore: Oh, if you’d ever had the pleasure to teach him, you’d know Newt is not a great follower of orders.
Torquil Travers: You’ve read The Predictions of Tycho Dodonus?
Albus Dumbledore: Hm, many years ago.
Torquil Travers: “A son cruelly banished. Despair of the daughter. Return…”
Albus Dumbledore: Yes, I know it.
Torquil Travers: There’s a rumor this prediction refers to the Obscurial. They say that Grindelwald wants…
Albus Dumbledore: As a highborn henchman. I’ve heard the rumor.
Torquil Travers: And yet, Scamander appears wherever the Obscurial goes, to protect him. Meanwhile, you’ve built up quite the little network of international contacts.
Albus Dumbledore: However long you keep me and my friends under surveillance, you’re not going to discover plots against you, Travers, because we want the same thing. The defeat of Grindelwald. But I warn you, your policies of suppression and violence are pushing supporters into his arms.
Torquil Travers: I’m not interested in your warnings.
Torquil Travers: Now, it pains me to say it, because, well, I don’t like you, but you are the only wizard who is his equal. I need you to fight him.
Albus Dumbledore: I can’t.
Torquil Travers: [shows images of Dumbledore and Grindelwald as young men together] Because of this? You and Grindelwald were as close as brothers.
Albus Dumbledore: Oh, we were closer than brothers.
Torquil Travers: Will you fight him?
Albus Dumbledore: I can’t.
Torquil Travers: [places magical handcuffs onto Dumbledore’s wrists] Well, then you have chosen your side. From now on, I shall know every spell you cast. I’m doubling the watch on you, and you will no longer teach Defense Against the Dark Arts.
Albus Dumbledore: Alright, Newt. Be brave.
[Newt’s Boggart comes up as an office desk with a typewriter and files on it]
Albus Dumbledore: That’s an unusual one. So Mr. Scamander fears what more than anything else in the world?
Young Newt Scamander: Having to work in an office, sir.
Albus Dumbledore: Go ahead, Newt.
Young Newt Scamander: Riddikulus.
Albus Dumbledore: [the desk changes shape into a raven] Well done. Good job.
Albus Dumbledore: [to young Leta] Leta. It’s only a Boggart. It can’t hurt you. Everyone is scared of something.
Albus Dumbledore: Hello, Leta. This is a surprise.
Leta Lestrange: Finding me in a classroom? Was I such a bad student?
Albus Dumbledore: On the contrary, you were one of my cleverest.
Leta Lestrange: I said bad, not stupid. Don’t bother answering. I know you never liked me.
Albus Dumbledore: You’re wrong. I never thought you bad.
Leta Lestrange: You were alone, then. Everybody else did. And they were right. I was wicked.
Albus Dumbledore: Leta, I know how painful the rumors about your brother Corvus must be for you.
Leta Lestrange: No, you don’t. Not unless you had a brother who died too.
Albus Dumbledore: In my case, it was my sister.
Leta Lestrange: Did you love her?
Albus Dumbledore: Not as well as I should have done. Never too late to free yourself. Confession is a relief, I’m told. A great weight lifted. Regret is my constant companion. Do not let it become yours.
Queenie Goldstein: Well, you’ve been really kind, but my sister Tina’s probably worried sick about me. You know, banging on all the doors and things, so I think I’d better be going.
Rosier: But you haven’t met your host.
Queenie Goldstein: Oh, are you married?
Rosier: Let’s say, deeply committed.
Queenie Goldstein: You see, I can’t tell if you’re making a joke, or if you’re just French.
Queenie Goldstein: [points her wand at Grindelwald threateningly] You stay right there. I know what you are.
Grindelwald: Queenie. We are not here to hurt you. We only want to help you. You’re so very, very far away from home. Far away from everything you love, everything that is comfortable. I would never see you harmed. Ever. It is not your fault that your sister is an Auror. I wish you were working with me now towards a world where we wizards were free to live openly. To love freely. You are an innocent. So go now. Leave this place.
Newt Scamander: Tina. Please, just listen to me.
Tina Goldstein: Mr. Scamander, I need to go talk to the Ministry. I know how you feel about Aurors.
Newt Scamander: I may have been a little strong in the way that I expressed myself in that letter.
Tina Goldstein: What was the exact phrase? “A bunch of careerist hypocrites?”
Newt Scamander: I’m sorry, but I can’t admire people whose answer to everything that they fear or misunderstand is “kill it”.
Tina Goldstein: I’m an Auror and I don’t.
Newt Scamander: Yes, I know. That’s because you’ve gone middle head.
Tina Goldstein: Excuse me?
Newt Scamander: It’s an expression derived from the three heads of the Runespoor. So the middle one is the visionary. Now, every Auror in Europe wants Credence dead, except you. You’ve gone middle head.
Tina Goldstein: Who else uses that expression, Mr. Scamander?
Newt Scamander: I think it might just be me.
Credence Barebone: What do you want?
Grindelwald: From you? Nothing. For you? Everything I never had. But what is it you want, my boy?
Credence Barebone: I want to know who I am.
Grindelwald: [holds up a piece of paper and floats it towards Credence] This is where you will find proof of your true identity. Come to Père Lachaise tonight, and you will discover the truth.
Jacob Kowalski: Are you a ghost?
Nicolas Flamel: No. No, I’m alive. But I’m an alchemist and therefore immortal.
Jacob Kowalski: Oh. You don’t look a day over three-seventy-five. I’m sorry that we didn’t knock.
Nicolas Flamel: No. No matter. Albus told me some friends might be dropping in. Nicolas Flamel.
Jacob Kowalski: Oh. Jacob Kowalski.
Nicolas Flamel: [winces as Jacob squeezes his hand to shake it] Ooh!
Jacob Kowalski: I’m sorry.
Nicolas Flamel: It’s alright.
Jacob Kowalski: I didn’t.
Tina Goldstein: [after Newt drink Polyjuice and turns into Theseus] Who…?
Newt Scamander: It’s my brother, Theseus. He’s an Auror and a hugger.
Tina Goldstein: [as Theseus is chasing after them] That’s your brother?
Newt Scamander: So I think I may have mentioned in my letters that we have quite a complicated relationship.
Theseus Scamander: Newt, stop!
Tina Goldstein: Does he want to kill you?
Newt Scamander: Frequently.
Theseus Scamander: Enough!
Tina Goldstein: He needs to control his temper.
Newt Scamander: [Tina uses her magic to tie Theseus onto a chair] I think that might have been the best moment of my life.
Newt Scamander: Tina, about Leta…
Tina Goldstein: Yes, I’ve just said I am happy for you.
Newt Scamander: No, I don’t, please, don’t be happy. No. Sorry. I don’t… Obviously I want you to be, and I hear that you are now, which is wonderful. Sorry, what I’m trying to say is, I want you to be happy, but I don’t want you to be happy that I’m happy, because I’m not. Happy. Or engaged.
Tina Goldstein: What?
Newt Scamander: It was a mistake in a stupid magazine. My brother’s marrying Leta, June the 6th. I’m supposed to be best man, which is sort of mildly hilarious.
Tina Goldstein: Does he think you’re here to win her back? Are you here to win her back?
Newt Scamander: No, I’m here… You know, your eyes really are…
Tina Goldstein: Are what?
Newt Scamander: I’m not supposed to say. I cut a picture of you…
Tina Goldstein: Newt, I read your book and…
Newt Scamander: Wait, did you read…
Newt Scamander: [takes out a piece of newspaper cutting] I cut this, it’s just a picture of you from the paper, but it’s interesting because your eyes in newsprint. See, in reality they have this effect in them, Tina. It’s like fire in water, in dark water. And I’ve only ever seen that, I’ve only ever seen that in…
Tina Goldstein: Salamanders.
Newt Scamander: [as Leta reveals she caused the death of her baby brother] You didn’t mean to do it, Leta. So it wasn’t your fault.
Leta Lestrange: Oh, Newt. You never met a monster you couldn’t love.
Tina Goldstein: It’s a trap.
Newt Scamander: Yeah. Queenie, the family tree. It’s all been bait.
Tina Goldstein: We have to find a way out of here right now.
Newt Scamander: You go find the others.
Tina Goldstein: What are you going to do?
Newt Scamander: I’ll think of something.
Grindelwald: My brothers, my sisters, my friends, the great gift of your applause is not for me. No. It is for yourselves. You came today because of a craving and a knowledge that the old ways serve us no longer. You came today because you crave something new. Something different. It is said that I hate les non-Magiques. The Muggles.
Grindelwald: The No-Maj. The Can’t-Spells. I do not hate them. I do not. For I do not fight out of hatred. I say the Muggles are not lesser, but other. Not worthless, but of other value. Not disposable, but of a different disposition. Magic blooms only in rare souls. It is granted to those who live for higher things. Oh, and what a world we would make for all of humanity. We who live for freedom, for truth, and for love.
Grindelwald: [to his followers] The moment has come to share my vision of the future that awaits if we do not rise up and take our rightful place in the world.
[he uses his magic to show images of the imminent Second World War]
Jacob Kowalski: Not another war.
Grindelwald: That is what we are fighting! That is the enemy. Their arrogance! Their power lust. Their barbarity. How long will it take before they turn their weapons on us? Do nothing when I speak of this. You must remain calm and contain your emotions. There are Aurors here among us. Come closer, brother wizards, join us.
Grindelwald: [to his followers] They have killed many of my followers. It is true. They confined me and tortured me in New York. They had struck down their fellow witches and wizards, for the simple crime of seeking the truth, for wanting freedom. Your anger, your desire for revenge is natural.
Grindelwald: Disapparate. Leave. Go forth from this place and spread the word. It is not we who are violent.
[the wizards start disapparating]
Theseus Scamander: [to the Aurors, referring to Grindelwald] Let’s take him.
Grindelwald: Aurors, join me in this circle. Pledge to me your eternal allegiance, or die. Only here shall you know freedom. Only here shall you know yourself.
Grindelwald: Mr. Scamander, do you think Dumbledore will mourn for you?
Grindelwald: [as Leta walks over to seemingly join Grindelwald] This one I believe I know. Leta Lestrange. Despised entirely amongst wizards, unloved, mistreated, yet brave, so very brave. Time to come home.
Leta Lestrange: [looks over to both Newt and Theseus] I love you. Go! Go!
[points her wand at Grindelwald to kill him, but he kills her as Newt and Theseus dissaparate]
Grindelwald: I hate Paris.
Albus Dumbledore: Is it true, about Leta?
Newt Scamander: Yes.
Albus Dumbledore: I’m so sorry.
Newt Scamander: [holds up a vial] It’s a blood pact, isn’t it? You swore not to fight each other.
Albus Dumbledore: How in the name of Merlin did you manage to get…
Albus Dumbledore: [just then the Niffler peeks out of Newt’s jacket] Oh.
Newt Scamander: Grindelwald doesn’t seem to understand the nature of the things he considers simple.
[Dumbledore holds up his arms and Theseus takes off his magical handcuffs]
Newt Scamander: [referring to the vial] Can you destroy it?
Albus Dumbledore: Maybe. Maybe.
Albus Dumbledore: [referring to the Niffler] Would he like a cup of tea?
Newt Scamander: He’ll have some milk. Hide the teaspoons.
Grindelwald: [to Credence] You have suffered the most heinous of betrayals, most purposely bestowed upon you by your own blood. Your own flesh and blood. And just as he has celebrated your torment, your brother seeks to destroy you.
Grindelwald: [takes hold of Credence’s baby bird and turns it into a phoenix] There is a legend in your family that a phoenix will come to any member who is in dire need. It is your birthright, my boy. As is the name I now restore to you. Aurelius. Aurelius Dumbledore. We will go down in history together as we remake this world.